Adult and Family Outings

adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures

  • Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1: Itty Bitty Bay Explorers (New Bedford/Dartmouth)
  • Sept. 11, 18, and 25: Women in Waders (Bourne/Falmouth)
  • Sept. 20: Learn to Quahog (Marion)
  • Sept. 21: Fall Equinox Sunset Walk (Falmouth)
  • Oct. 2: Oyster Farm Tour (Marion)
  • Oct. 10, 17, and 24: Friday Family Explorations (Wareham)
  • Oct. 18: Fall Foliage Photography Walk (Rochester)
  • Oct. 25: Pick Your Own Cranberries (Mattapoisett)


Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP, contact us:

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers

Wednesdays: Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1 • 10-11am

young family walks along the beach
Explore a beach, a salt marsh, and a forest with your young family during Itty Bitty Bay Explorers.

Get your little ones to discover the outdoors through the Coalition’s Itty Bitty Bay Explorers program, a series of four free outings on Wednesdays in September and October. Through fun games, stories, and hands-on activities, your whole family will learn about Buzzards Bay’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers is recommended for families with young children. We encourage you to attend all four programs, but it is not required. During outdoor exploration days near the water, families should dress to get wet and sandy/muddy.

Dates and Locations



Women in Waders

Thursdays: Sept. 11, 18, and 25 • 5:30-7pm

women in waders in a stream
Don a pair of waders and go quahogging, crabbbing, and searching for water bugs during these fun, free adventures for ladies in September.

Ladies of Buzzards Bay: Join our female education staff for a series of three exciting adventures that will keep you learning, laughing, and discovering new things about yourself and about Buzzards Bay. We will explore ways to get up close and personal with nature in a safe and supportive environment.

Women of all ages are welcome to these free programs. (Ladies under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.) Waders and other equipment will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Dates and Locations

Thursday, Sept. 11: "Seeking Shellfish"
Little Bay Conservation Area (Shore Road, Bourne)

Don a pair of waders and hop into the Bay! You’ll learn how to use a clam rake to dig for quahogs at low tide and try your hand at shucking a clam yourself. This will be a “dig and release” activity unless you have a valid Bourne shellfish permit.

Thursday, Sept. 18: "Bugging Out"
Four Ponds Conservation Area (Barlows Landing Road, Bourne)

Love bugs? Hate bugs? Either way, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of life that exists at the edge of Red Brook Pond. We’ll put you in waders and send you out in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates (aka “big water bugs”). You’ll learn about the interesting adaptations of these unusual creatures, many of which you may have never seen before!

Thursday, Sept. 25: "Muddy in the Marsh"
Little Sippewissett Marsh (end of Woodneck Road, Falmouth)

Ready to get muddy in the marsh? Join us to look for marsh creatures high and low in the salt marsh. We’ll learn techniques on how to catch blue crabs and at Little Sippewisset Marsh. (Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy.)



Learn to Quahog

Saturday, Sept. 20 • 10am-12pm

a family quahogging
Learn how to quahog during this free Bay Adventure.

Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition in Marion to learn to harvest your own quahogs. Representatives from the town of Marion and Coalition staff will teach you the basics of local quahogging — what you need, how to do it, and where to go. These events will be fun and educational for the whole family.


Silvershell Beach (end of Front Street, Marion)



Fall Equinox Sunset Walk on The Knob

Sunday, Sept. 21 from 5:30-7 p.m.

the Knob at sunset
Watch the sun set over Buzzards Bay on this free evening walk.

Watch the sun set on another great summer on this guided walk of The Knob in Falmouth, one of Buzzards Bay’s most beautiful and special coastal places. Offered by the Coalition in partnership with the Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust, the Quissett Harbor House Land Trust, and the Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, this program will include guided exploration activities for all ages and information about the Bay from Coalition staff.


The Knob (end of Quissett Harbor Road, Falmouth — parking available in marked spaces along road)